Program Spotlight: Literacy

Over the school year we at PAL have gotten to go all around Southwest Washington to deliver books to elementary schools and show off the cool vehicles their local Law Enforcement may have, we call these events Literacy Events!

Literacy events are a great way to fulfill the PAL mission statement “to build positive relationships between youth and law enforcement officers in the community through educational programs and recreational opportunities”. At each Literacy event, multiple officers will come with different vehicles to show the students, one officer will give a brief safety talk talking about all sorts of stuff including bike safety, buckling up, and what to do if you see a firearm on the ground. Once the safety talk is over the students get to listen to a book that is read by the officer, some favorites are Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin or Llama Destroys the World by Jonathan Stutzman. After hearing a story each child gets to pick out a new book of their very own to take home!

We couldn’t do these events without the support of our local law enforcement agencies, as well our local McDonald’s and the Camas Washougal Community Chest who help us buy the books to give to students for these events!

Deputy Pizan showing off some vehicles at an Orchards Elementary School Literacy Event